Thursday, April 30, 2015

Little Fella

I've been brewing this little fella for a while now but I'm bad at blogging so I'm just getting around to writing about it.

That's our little guy at 22 weeks.  He and I are both measuring a bit big.  I have gained about five pounds so far.  It feels like 30...which has been lovely:

After about 8 months of trying, we found out I was pregnant on the morning of Christmas Eve 2014.  We decided to buck tradition and just spread the word.  We told Adam's family that night and my family Christmas morning.  I think another babe is a pretty solid Christmas present.

First Trimester:
I felt completely terrible the entire first trimester.  This baby has been much harder on me than Avynlee was.  I may have to get back at him when he's a teenager or something.  Really, it was awful. I was sick every morning, every night, and intermittently throughout the afternoon.  I ate a lot of toast and drank a lot of sprite.  Avynlee watched a lot of tv (like so much tv). Adam, Avynlee, and I all thought this baby was a girl (obviously we were wrong).

Second Trimester (so far):
At 16 weeks we found out our baby was a little boy.  We were all a bit surprised but we are excited.  Avynlee loves "Stella and Sam" and is really excited to be a big sister and to take her little brother on adventures.  She has been so sweet my whole pregnancy.  She already loves her brother so much and I know she is going to be super helpful (maybe too helpful).  Since seeing her baby brother via ultrasound, Av has been heavily dedicated to getting his room ready.  Far more dedicated than Adam and I.  Thanks to her constant nagging, the baby's room is no longer a storage room and now only has baby stuff in it.  The crib is set up and we've started gathering fabric and things for his nursery.  I'm hoping to get cracking on his bedding soon.

At 20 weeks, I finally started to feel decent again.  I'm still really tired but much improved.  If baby boy can make this pregnancy up to me by being a champ sleeper with a super chill personality, I would really appreciate it.

I'm 22 weeks now and things seem to be going swimmingly.  We're really looking forward to meeting this little guy.  We don't know his name yet but we have a list of about 30 to consider so far.  Some better than others.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Avynlee is 3!

Our best little buddy is now three years old!

Av's party was the evening of the 12th.  She wanted it in the bug room at Kangaroo Zoo.  We decided to run with the bug theme.  She was very specific with her cake design preferences and ended up loving it so I'll call it a success!  Her party was pretty much pandemonium but so much fun.  I think we may have to hold separate family and friend parties in the future.

We spent Saturday afternoon at the State Fair with Aliese, Darrin, and Melee.  Av loved the little interactive farm display and the huge slide.  It was super crowded but so fun!

We didn't have church on the 14th due to Regional Conference so we spent the day having so much fun with Av.  We played at the park, at macaroni and cheese, played with Melee for a couple hours, and opened more presents.  We also watched the Chica Show wish Avynlee a happy birthday with a card we had submitted a few weeks before.  It was such a fun filled birthday weekend!

Av had her three year old check up on March 17th.  We thought she'd need shots so we kind if prepared her for being brave.  She was so stoic the entire appointment and responded to every question very seriously.  Then she didn't end up needing shots afterall!  She even seemed slightly disappointed when we told her she didn't need shots but then ended up wanting to stay longer (she really loves Dr. Duffy) so we sat in front of the building while she enjoyed her sucker.

This adorable kiddo is still enormous.  She is 40.16 inches tall (98%, more than three inches taller than average), and weighs 36.6 pounds (92%).  Her speech is fantastic aside from her inability to say "f" and "v" sounds.  She is super social and loves being in ballet and swimming lessons.  She can count to about 15 and counts things specifically (not just listing numbers).  She can identify the letter, sound, and a word beginning with that letter for almost every upper case letter and about half the lower case ones (mostly the letters which look alike).  I post her responses to her birthday questionnaire soon.  We sure love having this little buddy in our lives.  She is so sweet, funny, smart, and beautiful.  Happy Birthday, Avynlee!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

4th of July


We managed to squeeze some fun, much of it not pictured, into our yardwork packed June.  Here's proof.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Slim to Win

Tonight was the finale for a weight loss program I started six months ago.  Spoiler alert: I didn't win. The guy who did lost over 80 pounds which is super impressive.  I lost twenty.  Which is also super impressive.  I'll take what I can get.   I have literally been working my butt off.  I still have a long way to go but this progress is encouraging.

I lost three inches in my chest (wah wah), three in my waist, five in the extra fatty bit between my waist and hips, and three in my hips. I also lost an inch around my upper arm and an inch around my calve.

My mile time went from over 13 minutes to under 11.

Here are my slightly embarrassing, super official before and after photos.

 Blue team started out as the smallest team with 7 members and just kept shrinking.  We lost Buffy after month one, and Cori amd Kathy after month 4.  Here are the strong finishers.

Kim, Tisha, Ramdy, Me, and our trainer Tiffany.  We lost more than 100 pounds combined!
I'm sure going to miss my team.  I couldn't have asked for a better group and I'm so proud of us all!